How to Declutter Your Living Room
- Published: Apr 17/2019
- Last update: Apr 01/2022
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Any living room can easily get cluttered if there is not a good organisational system for all items. And that can be a bit tough since we spend a lot of time in there and tend to leave a lot of items scattered around.
So if you:
Then read along to fix that cluttered living room of yours.
What is clutter? Really, it can be anything which you have not used in a long time, but keep just in case or out of sentimental value. Old backpacks, CD-s, magazines, clothes, user manuals, you name it. Anything can be clutter as long as it takes space, but does not get used.
Before doing anything drastic, make sure you have the whole day free because it might take you a bit longer to decide how to treat all your items. You have to go around the room and divide the clutter into three main groups:
A lot of people find it easier to use a list with these three main groups of items. Others prefer the more visual way – sorting everything in three piles. And the rest have no problem sorting everything in their heads without any visual aid.
Choose the right tool for you and let the sorting begin. Just bear in mind that out of the pile of stuff for getting rid of should also be divided into another three piles:
You might have to spend some time on this pile after the decluttering is done in order to decide what every item is suitable for. Remember, you can give away items to friends and family, or you can donate to charity. Just make sure everything is in good condition. Transporting bulky items to the homes of your friends or family could prove difficult. However, it’s nothing a professional man and van can’t handle. Two men with a van will arrive at your place, load all the items you want to be transported and drop them off the given address. Things that go into the rubbish bin should be broken, unusable, or simply outdated. Make sure to do the same for drawers and cabinets.
Bookshelves are an amazing piece of decor that could make or break the personality of the entire living room. To declutter your bookshelf, you first have to remove all books and other items from it.
Everyone aspires for bulky and luxurious furniture in their living room, however, this can be a challenge if our homes don’t have the space needed. And unfortunately, Britain has some of the smallest homes in Europe. For that purpose, it’s important to invest in versatile furniture that has several purposes. For example, a couch that can transform into a bed when we have guests staying over. Or tables with incorporated storage, such as ottoman coffee tables.
Lots of people are tempted to bring home beanbags for their minimalistic design, and let’s just say this is NOT a good idea. Not only do they take too much space, but beanbags require a playroom or a children’s room decor to look good. And, we can only guess, but you probably don’t want your living room to be any of those.
Same goes for exercise equipment. Unless you’re the type of person to use one every single day, it could very soon turn into an eyesore. Consider placing it in the bedroom, or outdoors in the back yard.
Cushions can be addictive like sugar. They come in various colours and beautiful patterns. They can be the ultimate eye candy for your living room, and many people don’t have the willpower to say no when they see them in the store. As a result, you might end up with a disturbing amount of cushions to the point where you don’t know where to put them.
If you find that you are forced to move cushions around just to sit on the couch, then now is the time to stop the madness and arrange. Some of them can go into your bedroom, others can be placed in your storeroom. And last but not least, they can turn into a beautiful gift for a good friend.
Paper, in general, is outdated. Newspapers are replaced by TV and the internet. Magazines – by social media and life blogs. All the paperwork from your office has transferred to your laptop. However, as much as we want to get rid of paper products in our life, sometimes it’s unavoidable to bring some in the living room. Minimize the paper in the living room to only the most important one, since piles of paper are the biggest clutter issue in many homes. Get rid of the paper you don’t need as soon as it served its purpose. The rest keep in one spot and one spot only. Keep it visible to remind yourself to deal with it at your earliest convenience.
Childrens’ toys are another culprit that causes a disorganized living room. To keep them away from sight, purchase one or a few big plastic containers and gather all the toys in them. Find a place for these containers outside of the living room. Preferably the children’s bedroom. And, of course, teach your kids the importance of tidying up after playtime is over. It’s a longterm solution.
Many people find sentimental value in a lot of objects that serve nothing more than a decorative purpose. This is a tough one to fix because sentimentality can bring a lot of clutter in your house and prevent you from giving your living room the style and design it deserves. Decide for yourself whether each item is worth the bad organisation and the extended cleaning process. If you find it too difficult to get rid of any, at least make sure to keep them out of sight. Place them in containers and put away in your storeroom.
Your living room can stay clean and organised at all times, as long as you follow the right steps. Just make sure to stick to your organisational technique at all times and you won’t have to do a big declutter like that ever. If you don’t have any time, or simply don’t want to bother wasting a free day on all that, you can always rely on professional home organisers to do the job for you.
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If you feel this is too overwhelming or you just wish to spend your time on more pleasurable activities, then consider hiring home organising and decluttering services. Fantastic Services works with experienced technicians who will dispose of all the unneeded items, so your home can once again be a source of rejuvenation. They can also help by folding your clothes, arranging wardrobes and shelves, reorganising your home to your taste and more. Call us today to get a quote!
Do you have any more tips for a cluttered living room? Let us know by commenting.
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